Authorities told The Associated Press that they found a dozen of the devices, known as bump stocks, on weapons used Sunday by Stephen Paddock to fire hundreds of bullets at people gathered in Las Vegas for the Route 91 Harvest music festival.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the second ranking Republican in the Senate, told reporters Wednesday that trigger accelerators "is something that I think bears looking into, and I talked to Chairman Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and I believe that once the investigation is complete and we learn all aspects of what contributed to this event, then we should have a hearing and look into it". Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about holding a hearing on bump stocks and "any other aspect of this awful crime that we need to look at from a federal perspective" once the initial investigation is complete.
The devices, originally meant to help people with disabilities, fit over the stock and grip of a semi-automatic rifle and allow the weapon to fire continuously, some 400 to 800 rounds in a single minute. "In America nationwide, I don't think ideas like, "If you need a license to drive a auto, you should have a license to purchase a gun" are radical at all". Cornyn said he had spoken with U.S. Sen. "He started telling me about, not just the bump stocks, about a crank and other methods to mechanically increase the rate of fire", Flake said.
"Let's just say this, it's a legal loophole", said Lacasse describing bump stocks. You've got the tradition of lawful gun ownership.
Indeed, following the shooting in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people a year ago, 57 percent of Americans polled by CBS News said they supported a ban on assault weapons. Feinstein said she was reaching out to Republicans, and the president, for support.
DETROW: Well, what they said was the first thing they've said in a long time. This narrative has become familiar and we have seen it before with Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, James Holmes in Aurora, Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, and Elliot Rodger, who committed the horrific massacre here in Isla Vista in May 2014.
"I didn't know they existed until this", Duncan said, adding that he and other members have been "watching videos" to learn more about the device.
It will be tough to make a slippery-slope argument on this effort, and with Republicans on the defensive over gun rights at the moment, bump-fire stocks and Gatling cranks are also not the hill they'll want to defend.
However when asked if he felt any guilt about selling him the firearms, he said: "I don't, no".
Ryan, R-Wis., made similar comments Wednesday in a radio interview on WISN in Milwaukee. That will likely happen again with bump stocks, said Dr. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a long-time gun control advocate, has already introduced a bill banning the sale and possession of bump stocks. The shooting in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed, has brought new attention to bump stocks, aftermarket accessories that allow more rapid firing, and prompted Republicans' comments.
The Senate's No. 2 Republican, Sen.
The horrific and deadly Las Vegas shooting is causing people to fear for their safety - and their guns. Shooting incidents involving lawmakers themselves, like at a baseball practice earlier this year where Majority Whip Steve Scalise was critically injured, have not changed the calculus.